THE WACKNESS

The Blind Leading the Blind

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Release Date: July 25, 2008

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck,
Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen,
Mary-Kate Olsen, David Wohl,
and Talia Balsam

Genre: Drama/Satire

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 95 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Jonathan Levine

Executive Producer: N/A

Producer: Keith Calder, Felipe Marino,
Joe Neurauter, Brian Udovich,
and Jared Goldman

Writer: Jonathan Levine

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Content:

(HH, PaPaPa, LLL, SSS, NNN, AA, DDD, MMM) Strong humanist worldview with very strong pagan, hedonistic elements; 39 obscenities and one profanity which is a dog named “Jesus Christ”; no violence; teenage boy pleasures himself in fantasy scene, video clip of pornographic material, intense make-out scene in phone booth between 20-year-old and 65 year old man, multiple graphic sex scenes; male rear nudity, full female frontal nudity in pornographic video clip; constant use of alcohol by one character, underage drinking; constant cigarette smoking as well as marijuana and cocaine use; and, bad role models all around the block, adultery, suicide attempt, selling illegal drugs, lawlessness.

Summary:

Set in New York City in 1994, THE WACKNESS is about Luke, a drug dealing young man about to graduate from high school, and the relationship he has with his best customer and psychiatrist, Dr. Squires. The movie is filled with sexual content, foul language and unappealing characters who are lost.

Review:

Set in New York City in 1994, THE WACKNESS is about Luke, a drug dealing young man about to graduate from high school, and the relationship he has with his best customer and psychiatrist, Dr. Squires.

Luke’s parents are about to be evicted from their upper eastside apartment, so Luke ups his inventory of illegal drugs to help the family out. However, he continues to trade marijuana for counseling with Dr. Squires, though Luke often acts more like the real counselor.

The two of them go on a search to meet women for the sake of sexual encounters. Bar hopping together, Dr. Squires meets a young, dim-witted girl, and they have an affair.

Dr. Squires attempts to rekindle his dying marriage while Luke runs off to a beach house with Dr. Squires’s stepdaughter, who proceeds to teach him how to lose his virginity. Luke falls in love, but is only another notch on the promiscuous girl’s belt. His heart is broken. Dr. Squires gets divorced and moves to the beach house. Luke visits him and, taking on the role of psychiatrist, talks him out of suicide. In the end, the characters have had no change, no revelation and continue on as the audience first found them.

There is not much story here. The movie turns on the relationship of the two main characters and for that the work, the characters need to be much more appealing. As is, they are simply lost characters who are unaware that their behavior is wrong.

The technical aspects of the movie are appealing and the performances are solid, but the movie just can’t get past the unappealing characters and plot. There is much sexual content and foul language. Especially disturbing is that two actors in this R-rated raunchy movie are known to children and teenagers from television. Luke is played by Josh Peck, the star of a Nickelodeon network show for children, and Dr. Squires’ girlfriend is played by Mary Kate Olsen, famous for her television shows with strong kid appeal.

The content, behavior and viewpoints expressed in THE WACKNESS are abhorrent.

In Brief:

THE WACKNESS is the story of Luke, a drug dealing young man about to graduate from high school and the relationship he has with his best customer and psychiatrist, Dr. Squires. The two of them go on a search to meet women for the sake of sexual encounters. Bar hopping together, Dr. Squires meets a young, dim-witted girl and they have an affair. Dr. Squires attempts to rekindle his dying marriage while Luke runs off to a beach house with Dr. Squire’s stepdaughter, who proceeds to teach him how to lose his virginity, only to dump him afterwards.

There is not much story here. The technical aspects of the movie are appealing and the performances are solid, but the movie can’t get past the unappealing characters and plot. There is much sexual content and foul language. Especially disturbing is the fact that two actors in this R-rated raunchy movie are known to children and teenagers from television. Luke is played by Josh Peck, the star of a Nickelodeon network show for children, and Dr. Squires’ girlfriend is played by Mary Kate Olsen, famous for her television shows with strong kid appeal.